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CCM Music, University of Cincinnati

CCM music grads are performing and teaching throughout the world in places such as Cincinnati, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and the Metropolitan and Houston Grand Operas, to name a few.


Music studies at CCM include performance and education majors in all instruments as well as theory, history and composition at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Resources include:

  • Seven state-of-the-art performance venues ranging from 100-740 seats
  • Sunlit, comfortable practice rooms with a view of CCM Village
  • A dedicated facility for the study of vocal music and accompanying
  • A music library with extensive holdings (150,000+ volumes)
  • Computer music studio

Performance Studies Division

James Bunte, Division Head
Offering students a variety of performing opportunities and study with a renowned faculty, the Performance Studies Division includes degree programs in classical guitar, all orchestral instruments and voice.

All performance majors receive weekly lessons as well as support classes in pedagogy and repertoire of their instruments. Board examinations before a panel of area faculty occur annually or semi-annually. All performance majors must participate in appropriate ensembles which provide valuable learning experiences in addition to the private studio work. The performance major culminates in the senior year with the presentation of recital, required of all performance majors. Areas of study include:

  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion
  • Opera

Ensembles and Conducting Division

Kevin Michael Holzman, Division Head
The Division of Ensembles and Conducting offers four professional training programs in Choral, Jazz, Orchestral and Wind Studies for choral, orchestral and wind conductors leading to MM and DMA degrees and for jazz musicians leading to BM and MM degrees. The Division provides ensemble experiences for CCM students that offer professional training in ensemble rehearsal, performance, musicianship, technique, style and repertoire.

Performing ensembles rest at the foundation of a great school of music. CCM’s student musicians acquire extensive experience performing the major ensemble literature of their discipline and gain rigorous training in performing as ensemble members under the leadership of conductors.

The Division’s professional training programs provide an education in the arts enabling CCM’s conductors and jazz musicians to assume leadership roles as professional conductors, performers and educators and to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century with flexibility and ingenuity.

The successes of graduates of CCM’s conducting programs are attested to by the numerous alumni working internationally as conductors, educators, and scholars. Further, the 10 March 1997 issue of U.S. News & World Report ranked CCM’s conducting program in the top five among all American music schools. Areas of study include:

  • Choral Studies
  • Jazz Studies
  • Orchestral Studies
  • Wind Studies

Keyboard Studies Division

Michelle Conda, Division Head
Offering students a variety of performing opportunities and study with a renowned faculty, the Keyboard Studies Division has degree programs in piano, organ, harpsichord and collaborative piano. In facilities that include 200 pianos, eight harpsichords, a fortepiano, a clavichord, eight pipe organs, separate practice rooms for keyboard majors and three traditional performance halls plus several other performing spaces, studnets will find an environment conducive to improving their musical and performing skills and to preparing themselves for professional careers. Areas of study include:

  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Harpsichord

Music Education Division

Ann Porter, Division Head
Music education programs at CCM grew out of the rich musical and educational traditions of the "Queen City of the West." Today, the Music Education Division continues the traditions begun well over a century ago. The division, drawing upon widely varied institutional and community resources, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Through an outstanding artist-faculty, challenging curriculum, superb ensembles and excellent facilities, students pursuing degrees in music education are provided with an incomparable program of professional preparation.

Composition, Musicology and Music Theory Division

Jonathan Kregor, Interim Division Head
The Division of Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory provides students with a knowledge of music both past and present. In addition, students study the various analytical and compositional procedures of music. The division serves as a resource for all music students, and especially serves its own majors, enriching the already active musical atmosphere of the college.

General Studies Division

Kim Pensyl, Division Head
The Division of General Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music program, which culminates in a liberal arts degree that provides students with flexible pathways for the study of music as a cultural and artistic practice. CCM’s BA in Music is a gateway to careers in music and allied fields, including music promotions, arts administration, music therapy, journalism, ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, composition, songwriting, commercial music production and library science. Because of the liberal arts focus of the bachelor of arts degree, students primarily interested in performance should apply to a bachelor of music (BM) degree in their instrument.


The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is an accredited institution of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), as well as a member of the University/ Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.